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April 30, 2008

Similar names, but different HDB projects

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UNSUCCESSFUL applicants in the HDB’s build-to-order project, Jade Spring@Yishun, cannot be moved automatically to the queue for an adjacent similarly named development, MPs heard yesterday.

This is because the two projects are separate exercises, Senior Minister of State (National Development) Grace Fu explained.

Applicants who did not select a unit at Jade Spring@Yishun when given a chance must re-apply and ballot again for the other project, which is known as Jade Spring@Yishun Phase 2.

She said: ‘It would not have been fair to the applicants who booked a unit in the first project if applicants behind them in the queue were allowed to choose from not just the list of remnant flats, but also from a whole new batch of flats,’ she said.

Ms Lee Bee Wah (Ang Mo Kio GRC) had asked why applicants who were unsuccessful in the first phase of a new HDB project were not automatically invited to the second phase of the project without having to submit a fresh application.

Ms Fu said the names of the two projects in Yishun may have inadvertently given the impression that they were under the same build-to-order exercise. But they were not. And it was made clear to applicants of the first project that their applications would be only for that particular development.

The reality, Ms Fu noted, was that many applicants did not select a flat when given the chance to do so. The 384-unit Jade Spring@Yishun received 1,900 applications. Yet not all units have been taken up. The HDB has been going down the list of applicants and has called the 1,700th applicant to get him to select a flat.

Source : Straits Times – 22 Apr 2008

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